Dominio del Aguila Ribera del Duero 'Riserva' 2015
Former oenology student turned DRC intern Jorge Monzón works 66 hectares of vines around his hometown of La Aguilera, focusing on indigenous regional varieties, old vines, and organic farming. Fruit for this Tempranillo dominant blend comes from 85-year-old vines grown at 900 meters above sea level, aged for 35 months in French oak. Rich and robust, this spicy, earth-driven red pairs perfectly with grilled red meats.
One of the 'big three' European wine giants along with France and Italy, but perhaps the one with the most untapped potential, with many ascendant regions and producers just now finding an audience.